Ar2 - Elements of Islay

50cl / 60.5%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Speciality Drinks Ltd
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The first batch of Elements of Islay Ar1 has just about gone, so here's its replacement - and from the feedback we've had so far, many people think it's even better! Whiskyfun's Serge certainly thought so, awarding Ar2 a very impressive 90 points. We are delighted that Gordon Homer of the famous Spirit of Islay website has endorsed this release with his signature.

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Ar2 - Elements of Islay Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    Nose:  An enticing, crystal-clear nose, showing hot spices and menthol alongside coalsmokey phenols.  Some very faint bramble fruit slowly develops.  Water brings forward cereals and toasty notes.

    Palate:  Very powerful.  Quite hot and peppery again, with distinctive chilli heat at the front of the tongue.  Some honey as well.  Youthful leafiness, and very exuberant.

    Finish:  Lengthy. Massive.  Warming and still very peppery.  Water seems not to diminish its power.

    Comment:  Perhaps even more overtly phenolic than its predecessor, this is a muscular dram that committed peatheads will go crazy for.

  • Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    Last year’s Ar1 was excellent (WF89) and here’s a new version, possibly a bigger molecule according to its name ;-).

    Nose: very different from the Corryvreckan, starting with a little less smoke but more fruits (or rather orange zests and lemon essence). The smoke gets much bigger after a few seconds, and we’re getting much closer to the OB in style. It’s even getting very difficult to spot major differences after five minutes, both being very similar.

    With water: it’s very different from the OB now, with more chocolate, soot, touches of wet dogs (sorry dogs) and ‘wet’ smoke (campfire under the rain). A little wilder than the OB.

    Mouth (neat): more nervous, more lemony and more salty than the OB at the attack, more ‘brutal’ in a certain way. Lime, marzipan, green tea and a huge smokiness. The lemon plays with both your tongue and your lips.

    With water: classic and classy. ‘Smoked lemon’, almonds, kippers.

    Finish: very long.

    Comments: definitely wilder than the OB. Actually, I like the Ar2 a little better than the Ar1, it’s probably even closer to the distillery’s markers. Well done – but can we have it in magnums? SGP:368 - 90 points.

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  • Anonymous 28 April 2011

    Just broke the seal. Lovely! More for beginners than the AR1! I'm sure that my retailer will still refer to it as the "Urine sample" - because of the bottle, not the taste.